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This chapter concentrates on the image of Poland and its rulers which was created by German sources in the earliest period of the existence of the Piast state (963-1034). One of the prime goals of this book was to identify the cultural and political context of such remarks and opinions. Another important target set by the author of the book was to attain information which illustrated actions taken by Mieszko I, Boleslav Chrobry, and Mieszko II, who aimed to create a certain image of themselves in Germany-their most significant political partner. The author identifies two extremely different opinions on the Polish ruler among the German elites. The one was expressed by a Saxon missionary and a religious activist, Brun of Querfurt, in his works, who showed the Piast in an unambiguously positive way. The opposite description is to be found in the chronicle by Thietmar of Merseburg.

Keywords: Boleslav Chrobry; German sources; Mieszko I; Mieszko II; Piast state; Poland; political context



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